After a weekend where all three of NASCAR's national touring series were in action, NASCAR handed down penalties to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver.
The No. 56 car of Martin Truex Jr., who finished the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway second, was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book.
As a result, Truex was docked six championship driver points while his owner Michael Waltrip had six championship owner points taken away. In addition, the crew chief of the No. 56 car Chad Johnston was fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 5.
Michael Waltrip Racing has announced that they will not appeal the infractions.
Violations involving the No. 2 and No. 22 cars driven by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, respectively, occurred during pre-race inspections at Texas. Both cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4J and 20-12 (all suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR. Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted, in a completed form/assembly, to the office of the NASCAR Competition Administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part in no longer eligible. All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond normal rotation or suspension travel.).
As a result of the violations, both crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (No. 2) and Todd Gordon (No. 22) were fined $100,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup points-paying events (along with the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until December 31.
Three team personnel from the No. 2 team have been suspended from NASCAR competition through six championship points race (including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until December 31: car chief Jerry Kelley, team engineer Brian Wilson and Travis Geisler, who serves as team manager for both the No. 2 and No. 22 cars.
Raymond Fox and Samuel Stanley, the car chief and team engineer, respectively, for the No. 22 car have been suspended and placed on probation for the same time period as their counterparts on the No. 2 team.
Both drivers had 25 championship driver points deducted from their totals, dropping Keselowski (ninth in the race) from second to fourth in points and Logano (fifth in the race) from ninth to 14th. Roger Penske, the owner of the No. 2 car, and Walt Czarnecki, the listed owner of the No. 22, were also both docked 25 championship owner points.
Penske Racing has already announced that they will appeal the penalties.
During a late-race caution in Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway, Ron Hornaday Jr. ran into the back of the No. 54 truck driven by Darrell Wallace Jr.
The aggressive move resulted in NASCAR penalizing the driver of the No. 9 truck for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing. Altercation with another competitor on the race track during a caution period) of the 2013 rule book.
For causing the accident, Hornaday was fined $25,000, docked 25 championship driver points and placed on probation until June 12.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun